Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail

MODERATE 53 reviews
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Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Seeley Lake, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

6.9 miles
498 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

rock climbing






wild flowers




The trail is easy yes but there are a lot of exposed tree roots and a fairly steep section of trail. Watch for horses in the summer and the occasional bicyclist.

15 days ago

Fun and kid friendly hike. Pretty flat, trail is wide and in good shape. The fire burned through here, so the forest isn’t really there anymore in a lot of this area. Still a great hike, flowers, water, morel mushrooms.....the falls are amazing. My GPS said 6 miles round trip.

1 month ago

Love hiking up here but it’s too bad the fire happened still a great hike.

1 month ago

Great easy hike. Unfortunately the fire in 2017 burned most of the forest along this trail... Trees have fallen across the path for at least the first mile requiring a little extra effort until they clear them. Thankfully the bridge is untouched and the falls are still gorgeous. Raging this time of year!

7 months ago

Easy hike. I recommend following the waterfalls up the mountain, most people stop at the first.

7 months ago

One of my favorites, with great views! easy for all ages

11 months ago

We took our 7year old grandson, who had no issues with the length. The falls are amazing!!!

Monday, June 05, 2017

Hike that can be done without any pack if you wanted to go minimalist. Easy and flat enough to take young children on; very safe, wide, well maintained, and stable trail.

Monday, May 29, 2017

love this hike!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Really liked this trail to the Falls. You walk through an area of dead fall trees and then up the ridge and down to Morrell Lake. You make a left on the trail to continue to the Falls. Over a bridge and around to the Falls. The spring melt was in full force an the falls were overflowing and powerful as shown by the pictures attached. Well worth the trip.

Monday, May 08, 2017

The only difficulty of this home is it's length. You do walk through some large beetle kill standing timber which is cool. There is a pin towards the end that would be difficult to fish. You will not be alone on this trip.

Friday, March 03, 2017

beautiful usually traffic but beautiful

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Awesome hike. Spring is the best time. less bugs and the falls are spectacular

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Great hike. Not strenuous. About 6 miles or so round trip to the water falls which were awesome. Bear country but no signs today, the berries weren't quite ripe yet though. Our 9, 6 and 4 year olds had fun on this hike even with getting rained on the whole way back.

Monday, August 01, 2016

beautiful, easy hike... not steep or very difficult. A few areas where there is an incline. Falls are very beautiful! A lot of traffic on the trail when we went, but still a sight!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Very fun hike to a beautiful waterfall, trail was packed with people. Pretty easy with very little short spurts of intermediate hills. Loved it. Dog loved it. Great hike!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

This is one of my favorite hikes - absolutely breathtaking

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Thursday, July 14, 2016

it was so great. i think one of the best hikes i have ever been on. so pretty and pretty moderate.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Rated as moderate, but I would call it easy. It is a good family hike. Great places to stop and relax along the way. Don't forget bug spray and bear spray. Morrell Creek drainage is known for grizzly bears.

Monday, March 14, 2016

A day-hike that is suitable for all skill levels, Morrell Falls lets you experience several different aspects of a forest. From tight-in trees, to marshy open areas. Starts out rather dry, then very moist as you approach the falls. Depending on time of year, the volume of water over the falls will vary. With high water in the spring, you can also count on the roads being muddy as well. Lastly - mosquitoes are HORRIBLE in June and July.

mountain biking
Thursday, September 10, 2015

6ish miles from parking to the falls. Beautiful woods and the water features are a wonderful surprise as you go along the trail. The tree roots are plentiful and large. We rate this trail better than moderate for bikes and moderate for hikes. Kids would not enjoy a bike ride here, but a hike would be fun. The falls are worth every hard earned pedal and step of the one mile elevation change. The round trip took us about 2.5 hours on our bikes.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The falls were perfect when we were there. It was an easy hike for me but maybe moderate for others. We had it all to ourselves late in the day. We only saw one other small group the entire time. We really enjoyed it.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Great day hike.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

The trail itself is a nice hike, but not much to see along the way until you get to the lake. The lake is a nice place for a break before moving onto the falls. There's even a couple sweet camp spots with firepits right where the trail comes to a T with an arrow to the left for the waterfall. The waterfall is prettier than I expected. A family at the waterfall told us you could follow the stream from the waterfall back to the lake and the trail, and that it was a good way to see moose or bear, but that route has a ton of fallen trees and requires scrambling - something we weren't going to do with two young kids in tow. The previous reviews all mention bugs, but the bugs weren't bad at all when we went (August) except for a couple annoying flies, but I'm assuming the bugs are much worse earlier in the seaon.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

One for the whole family. Easy trail. If you don't want the crowds, go in the fall! Impressive waterfall and plenty of places to picnic once your there. Don't forget the bug spray on this one!

Monday, June 30, 2014

This was well worth the effort for someone who is new to the distance hiking experience, especially this time of year. The falls were raging beauty. Only down side were the mosquito's. forgot the bug spray so that was a little annoying but other than that it did not disappoint!

mountain biking
Saturday, April 26, 2014

A nice short trail for mountain biking. It starts out flat and smooth and then turns into rolling hills with plenty of roots. All the pictures I uploaded were from late summer 2013. Fun fact: when you get to the lake/clearing just before the falls (pictured above) if you yell loudly you can hear a nice echo come back at you from the mountainside. And as the other reviewer said, this is bear country. Take some bear spray.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

It is easy, and it is beautiful, but it is also very well used and there are many dogs off and on leash which bugs me alot. Realize this is personal but if you have little kids it is worth considering.

Monday, March 26, 2012

You will love this trail! Montana is amazing and places like Morrell falls reminds me that I live in an amazing place. The trail is in good enough shape that anyone can walk to these falls, the upper trail that takes you to the upper waterfalls is steep and I recommend that you be sure footed and steady. This upper trail is easiest to find if you first walk to the lower falls an then less then a hundred yards down the main trail there is a steep maintained trail that goes up and to the right along the falls. It's worth the hike to get to these other falls but the lower one packs the pmost the punch. BE BEAR AWARE!!! YOU ARE HIKING IN THE GRIZZLY BASIN!!!

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